[Ed. – Congress gave it years ago, and has regularly voted to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Would Trump finally do that? Roger Simon thinks so.]
[T]his would be a significant decision on Trump’s part with great international ramifications and I owe my critics a bit longer response than I could give in 140-character tweets.
To begin with, Trump attended the meeting Sunday [with Netanyahu] in the company of his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner — a real estate investor himself and publisher of The Observer who has emerged as one of Trump’s key advisers — is an Orthodox Jew and therefore takes the Jerusalem issue quite seriously, far more than almost any politician or political professional would. This could only signal to Netanyahu — and should to all of us — that Trump was not taking the meeting, or anything he said in it, lightly.
Yes, he could have been using Kushner as an emblem of some sort, but I suspect Kushner himself would have been unhappy about that. …
More importantly, Trump, not being a lifetime politician, would be the first president, basically ever, well-positioned to follow through on the pledge. He has never participated in the seemingly endless rounds of Middle East negotiations.